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Batman vs. teendom

That hot Saturday we had the other weekend was nice, wasn’t it? The temperature hit 71 degrees, and my little family took advantage of it by going to the playground in Martins Ferry. Our young son, Henry, had a good time running around, swinging on the swings and pretending to be Batman on ...

‘Knit Chicks’ make winter warmer

By PAULA GINTHER Special to The Times Leader SHADYSIDE — The cold winter months are brighter and warmer due to the talents of the Knit Chicks, a great group of ladies who gather weekly at the Shadyside Public Library to learn and knit wonderful items. Betty Schmidt of Shadyside was ...

Datebook

TAKE OFF Pounds Sensibly meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Mondays at the First Baptist Church, 306 Locust St., Community Room Martins Ferry. Weigh in begins at 5:30 p.m. This is a new weight loss series with eight weeks of programs for a fresh start in 2020. For information, call 740-546-3340. ...

Best-selling author and historian Sarah Vowell set to lecture locally

WEST LIBERTY — Best-selling author, historian and social commentator Sarah Vowel will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Her most recent book (2015) is entitled “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.” Chronicling General ...

Students take part in National Council of Teachers meeting

WEST LIBERTY — Students had a chance to experience life as an English teacher recently as they attended the National Council of Teachers of English in Baltimore, Md. Professor Steve Criniti coordinated and escorted the students to the annual convention that teachers attend to improve and ...

School sends support through ‘Operation Christmas Card’

BERGHOLZ — Students at John Gregg Elementary supported the troops and community by brightening their holidays through Operation Christmas Card. The school sent 1,039 homemade cards to active military personnel overseas as well as local sites through the first-time venture, which was ...

The Soup Kitchen sees less aid after the holidays

By JOSELYN KING For The Times Leader The spirit of giving is alive in December, but it is during the winter months the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling sees its most patrons and has its greatest need. Volunteer help that was plentiful during the holidays curtails in January, and the soup ...

Middle school named ‘High Progress School of Honor’

MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek Middle School has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a High Progress School of Honor for achieving standards based on the state report card. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced School Performance Awards for ...

GRACE MCPHERSON

Grace McPherson turned 1 year old on Jan. 9. She is the daughter of Hunter and Ashley McPherson. She is the granddaughter of Greg and Michele VanDyne, Jon and Brandy McPherson, and Angel and Eddie Fiquris. She is also the great-granddaughter of Jim and Joyce Thomas and Dave and Sally Campbell. ...

Christmas gift to A Special Wish Foundation

Karen Craig, right, director of business development at Interim Health Care in St. Clairsville, presents a check for $2,000 to A Special Wish Foundation Executive Director Alicia Freeman. Craig said the business has operated a charitable giving program for the past 10 years. She said this ...

EdChoice vouchers draw concern

STEUBENVILLE — Area school superintendents had a chance to address their concerns on the impact of Educational Choice vouchers upon their districts during a recent meeting with state legislators. Leaders from Indian Creek, Toronto, Steubenville, Harrison Hills, Edison and Southern Local met ...

Library staffer retires

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader After 43 years of dedicated service at the Ohio County Public Library, Gail Bender’s career is officially “in the books.” Bender, 62, retired from her position as a library clerk and shelver at the end of December. The Martins Ferry resident spent ...

Barbie dolls refashioned as scientists hope to inspire the next generation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the tone for the rest of her life: She’s now a forest ...

Datebook

NEFFS AMERICAN Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 77 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss new projects for the year. All members are asked to attend. BEGINNING SQUARE dance lessons by the Ohio Valley Promenaders at the Bellaire Public Library are slated to start at the end of January on Tuesdays ...

Cattle rancher to discuss work, life

MARTINS FERRY — At 6 p.m. Jan. 13, Martins Ferry Public Library will hold a special program given by Darol Dickinson, general manager of Barnesville-based Dickinson Cattle Co. LLC. Dickinson will discussing a day in the life of a cattle rancher — a job he has done for the last 30 years. ...

Artist Janet Wang displaying works

WHEELING — World traveler and noted artist Janet Wang’s works are being displayed at Artworks Around Town for the month of January. Wang will present pieces in all three of her favorite mediums, oil, pastel and watercolor. Wang has been making art since she was young. She used her free ...

Successful exercise and fitness plan centered around lifestyle choices

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY For The Times Leader WHEELING — Better fitness, more exercise and healthier eating habits seem to be a recurring theme on most New Year’s resolutions lists. For folks looking to take a more active approach toward better health and fitness going into the new year, ...

A sweet Christmas

Our Christmas was a merry one again this year. It was fun to see our young son Henry open his presents. Before heading downstairs he woke us up and asked if we thought it was OK to do so. I was a little concerned that maybe it was only 2 a.m. so I told him maybe we should check the clock ...

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SMITHFIEILD TOWNSHIP Trustees will hold their yearly re-organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Smithfield Building. SHADYSIDE LOCAL Board of Education’s public hearing regarding its budget is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the board office Shadyside Local Board of Education, 3890 Lincoln ...